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September 2014

OptoKnowledge organizes first Special Session on Video Aided Navigation at the 2014 MSS Passive Sensors meeting.

September 2014

OptoKnowledge presents papers on true color image fusion and hyperspectral aerosol measurements at the 2014 MSS Passive Sensors meeting.

April 24, 2012

OptoKnowledge will be participating in the SPIE Defense Security and Sensing Meeting, held the week of April 23rd, 2012 in Baltimore Maryland. At this conference, we will be displaying and demonstrating our latest hyperspectral sensors, color night vision / fusion systems, and mid-infrared fibers at the exhibition PDF Document April 24th to April 26th. On the morning of Wednesday April 25th, we will be one of the featured companies during the "Early Stage Technology Commercialization Workshop". In addition, we will be presenting a technical paper (#8390-28) on the HyperVideo system.


March 13, 2012

OptoKnowledge will participate in the Military Sensing Symposium (MSS) Parallel meeting in Pasadena, CA the week of March 12th, 2012. We will present two technical papers, one titled, "Remote Biometrics Using Thermal Infrared and VNIR Hyperspectral Imagery of Human Faces", and the other titled, "Navy Hyperspectral Imaging Measurements from Sea-level Horizontal Line-of-Sight Viewing Geometry". In addition, we will be demonstrating our latest hyperspectral and color night vision / fusion systems at the exhibit.

August 31, 2011

SPIE features OptoKnowledge mid-infrared technology in a newsroom article describing the single-mode capability of this technology, in particular for quantum cascade beam delivery.


February 16, 2011

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) honored OptoKnowledge with the 2011 Tibbetts Award for contributions to Federal Research and Development. The SBA presents the Tibbetts Award to companies from across the United States selected based on the economic impact of their technological innovations, their ability to meet federal research and development needs, their encouragement of diverse participation in technological innovation, and their overall record of accomplishment in increasing the commercialization of federal research.
[See full press release here].

Fall 2008

Singleton, Joe "Sensing a Healthy Harvest" PDF Document, MDA TechUpdate Quarterly Newsletter cover story.

September 26, 2007

OptoKnowledge teaches a master class titled "Improved Situational Awareness in MOUT with Color Night Vision" PDF Document at the IDGA Joint Urban Operations meeting in Washington DC.


Spring 2007

Marine Corps TRANSITION POINT, Spring 2007: Intelligent Night Scope. PDF Document


January 2007

"Night Vision in Color", Naval Research Enterprise (NRE) Navigator.

August 31, 2006

OptoKnowledge is a recipient of the 2006 ARMY SBIR Award. PDF Document
The award is given annually in recognition of exceptional Army projects based on original and innovative research.
View the award brochure. PDF Document


July 20, 2006

The Army includes OptoKnowledge as one example of Army manufacturing-related SBIR projects PDF Document while responding to an inquiry regarding the status of the implementation of Presidental Executive Order 13329, "Encouraging Innovation in Manufacturing".


OptoKnowledge is included in the U.S. Army Commercialization brochure. PDF Document
OptoKnowledge is recognized in the brochure for work in improving sensing for targeting and navigation.



U.S. Army Commercialization brochure. PDF Document

June 2004

"Multispectral Scanner for Monitoring Plants" , NASA TechBriefs.


May 15, 2004

OptoKnowledge has been selected for four SBIR Phase-I awards under the DoD 2004.1 solicitation (one by the US Air Force, three by the Missile Defense Ageny). An updated list of DoD awards can be found by searching for "Opto-Knowledge" at

November 5, 2003

OptoKnowledge deploys remote sensor platform over fire damaged Southern California. OptoKnowledge (Torrance, CA) has conducted flight operations over recent fire damaged regions in the San Diego area. Several devices were used for data collection, including a hyperspectral sensor, a multispectral sensor, a thermal infrared video camera, and two color video cameras. The flights were conducted in collaboration with I.K. Curtis Services, Inc. (Burbank, CA) that operates specialized aerial surveillance aircraft.

Data from these sensors can be used to support various pre- and post fire activities by State, County, local authorities, private property owners, homeowner associations, and property insurers.

Analysis of regional vegetation conditions, predicted wind and weather patterns can be used to assess fire hazard and property susceptibility to wild fires, giving insurers and property owners advance notice for taking preventative action. Post fire damage assessment to property and wild life can help authorities in planning restoration programs and assessing mud slide hazard in the coming rainy season. Comparison between pre and post fire event can help insurers accelerate processing claims.

An attachment includes a summary of the flight path, some sample imagery and preliminary analysis. PDF Document
OptoKnowledge, founded in 1991, is a small business that specializes in remote sensing systems and applications.


June 23-25, 2003

OptoKnowledge exhibits at the Ministerial Conference and Expo on Agricultural Science and Technology in Sacramento, California. OptoKnowledge was an exhibitor at the Ministerial Conference and Expo on Agricultural Science and Technology from June 23-25, 2003 in Sacramento, California.

Sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State, the event focused on the critical role science and technology can play in raising agricultural productivity in developing countries in an environmentally sustainable way.

September 23, 2002

New “Baby Jogger” Mobile Sensor Platform for Field Applications. Torrance, California, USA, September 23, 2002 - A mobile field platform for mounting various imaging and spectroscopic instruments for use in field measurements was released by OptoKnowledge. The “Baby Jogger” uses 20” wheels and allows for an easy access into rows of plants. Applications include plant physiology studies, ground truthing for remote sensing application, and other precision farming activities.

The platform folds and fits in the back of a van. Unfolding and assembly is done in about 15 minutes. The platform has a shelf for a computer and an adjustable jib arm for raising and lowering the sensor. The jib arm height above the ground is adjustable and maximum height depends on the sensor weight. The wheel spacing is adjustable to fit between rows of various crops and planting practices.

The "Baby Jogger" is a unique mobile field platform for mounting various imaging and spectroscopic instruments to be used in a wide variety of field measurement applications.

OptoKnowledge specializes in the development of turn-key electro-optical sensor systems covering the UV, VNIR, SWIR, MWIR, and LWIR. Primarily, OptoKnowledge develops systems that combine imaging and spectroscopy, including the mechanical assembly (high vacuum dewars for cryogenic operations), electronics, optics, computer interface and signal acquisition, algorithms for signal and data processing. We excel in R&D projects where off-the-shelf solutions are unavailable.


August 2002

"Technology Brings Precision to Farming, The Hanford Sentinel, August 11, 2002.


January 2002

Johnson, Brent D. "Spectral Imaging Finds a Place on the Farm" PDF Document, Photonics Spectra Magazine. Reprints available upon request.

October 1997

"PC-based system detects infested crops" PDF Document, Vision-Systems Design Magazine.

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